Lottery fever hits Wisconsin as Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar

06 January, 2018, 02:53 | Author: Luis Fowler
  • The winner of the Mega Millions prize could also opt for $281million payout as a lump-sum payment

That sits at $550 million dollars, and could go higher based on ticket sales.

Those unclaimed prizes range from $31 million for a ticket purchased in Queens, New York in August of 2006, to $77 million for a winning ticket purchased in Georgia in June 2011. Two ticket holders - one in Rhode Island, the other in MI, split a $42 million prize.

"It's the dreams, thinking what you could do with that money, imagining the possibilities", he said.

Manager Jeff Green said almost all of the players getting lotto tickets are from Utah, since gambling is illegal in the Beehive State.

"I only play a few times a year, when (the jackpot) gets big", Pinter also said.

A ticket for the US lottery Powerball sits on a counter in a store on Kenmare Street in Manhattan, New York. $400 million or something.

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"This is my first time playing either one, so I'm having fun", Halliburton said.

"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said. Lottery retailers saying that's prompting many players to put down money on both.

If Mega Millions rolls Friday night, the jackpot could potentially increase up to $560 million and if Powerball rolls Saturday, it could increase up to $725 million. "Obviously the tax would take quite a bit of it, but the rest of it, I would give away to charity", echoed Travers.

I never won one of those $15 million Mega Millions jackpots, but I always figured I had a chance. The Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs tonight is the 16th largest prize of all time.

The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $570 million going into Saturday night's drawing. The odds of winning both are one in 75.6 quadrillion.

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